Russian Airborne Troops held large-scale command-and-staff drills at the Opuk training range in Crimea on March 24-25.
The drills involved over 2,500 airborne personnel and over 600 units of military hardware, including 2S9 Nona self-propelled artillery pieces, BMD-2KU airborne assault vehicles and D-30 howitzers.
The airborne units practiced anti-landing defence measures, destroyed simulated enemy inland positions and secured Crimea’s important frontiers and areas.
Units of the Black Sea Fleet and the Aerospace Forces also took part in the drills.
Col. Gen. Andrei Serdyukov, commander of the Airborne Forces said that the main reason behind such a massive exercise in Crimea was the increased terrorist threat.
Video provided by the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation.